Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Thai Pongal

Ottawa, Ontario
14 January 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Thai Pongal:

“Today, Tamils both in Canada and around the world come together with friends and family to celebrate Thai Pongal, the four-day Tamil harvest festival.

“As the harvest season comes to an end, each day of this festival has its own special meaning and traditions which are tied to abundance, peace and happiness.

“Thai Pongal reminds us of the many cultures and traditions that we are privileged to enjoy here in Canada. Our rich diversity is a source of strength, which should be cherished and celebrated.

“This is also a time for all Canadians to recognize the important contributions the Tamil community has made and continues to make across our country.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating Thai Pongal a joyful harvest festival.”